Guest Post,  New Release

Into the Forest and All the Way Through……by Cynthia Pelayo

Here at the LOHF we don’t tend to write blog posts about book releases. However, when Cina contacted me about a poetry collection that she had been working on I jumped on it. Over the last couple of years I have been reading about a plague which has been sweeping across the United States. This is the plague of disappearances and violence against women of color and marginalized communities that is under reported and under represented in the media. Cynthia (Cina) Pelayo was so deeply effected she wrote a collection of true crime poetry that explores the cases of over one hundred missing and murdered women in the United States.

I am very pleased to announce the release of Into the Forest and All the Way Through by Cynthia Pelayo!!

Synopsis: Into The Forest And All The Way Through, is a collection of true crime poetry that explores the cases of over one hundred missing and murdered women in the United States.

Title Poem:

Remember Me

Into the forest and all the way through, I ask you to follow my voice

Across the stream and through the hills, you’ll find a copse of trees

Unknown to many, lost to time, and tucked behind a bare branch

A ball of twine, a cigarette butt, a crumpled polaroid, you hear a giggle

The crunch of leaves, and the dread stabs your insides, and your breath

Oh! Your breath, how your breath catches in your throat, and you 

Fall all the way down, into a hole so long ago hidden there, and now

You are within the ground, you smell the damp earth and pain, and

When you hear her voice you spin around and gain all the terror she holds,

Before you there, a girl who no longer is a girl, a girl who is bone and moss

Leaves tangled within her eye sockets, stretched down to her finger bone

Pointing above and pointing you out, and you climb against the rock

And stone, and she bids you adieu, begging you, pleading you, to make it 

Safe, all the way home 


You can purchase this very personal collection at the following link!!


Cynthia Pelayo

Cynthia “Cina” Pelayo is the author of LOTERIA, SANTA MUERTE, THE MISSING, POEMS OF MY NIGHT and the upcoming CHILDREN OF CHICAGO by Agora/Polis Books. Pelayo is an International Latino Book Award winning author and an Elgin Award nominee. She lives in Chicago with her family.

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